The Long County High School girls’ basketball team only won five games last year, so one would think that the year was a disappointment.
But even though the Lady Tide went 5-22, head coach Brian Todd feels the year was a success, in that the team got better every week. He said the culmination of the team’s efforts came to a head in the region tournament, when the Lady Tide shocked everyone by advancing into the second round.
“We are looking to build on our good showing in the region tournament. We upset Toombs County in the first round and lost to eventual state-qualifier Bryan County,” Todd said.
Long County is young this year, the coach said, but not as young as they were last year, when many players got plenty of varsity action.
“We have our top 10 in our rotation returning from last season, so we hope to use our depth as an advantage,” Todd said.
Returning varsity players include juniors Keke Calhoun and Katie Estill, and sophomores Elexxus Wrighton — an All-Region 2-AA forward — Malaka Elix and Patra London. Todd said other players who will see significant varsity time include Mya Howard, Kat Wingate, Tyronica Johnson and Jakayla Porter.
The coach said that his starting five appear to be Calhoun, Elix, Estill, Wrighton and London, with Howard as the top bench player.
“We have 22 ladies in our program with only two seniors. We feel like we are getting the foundation laid that we imagined last year when we revamped the program here at Long County High School,” Todd said.
The Lady Tide play Nov. 29 at Metter.